Pharmaceutical

15 treatments for pattern baldness

alopecia woman hair loss Shutterstock 280x210 15 treatments for pattern baldnessThe website Hairloss Revolution has consolidated a list of 15 different methods of treating a type of hair loss known as androgenetic alopecia or male and female pattern baldness. Pattern baldness is a hereditary disease that is connected to a heightened sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a derivative of the male hormone testosterone.

There are other forms of alopecia that are unrelated to pattern baldness, such as alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease, and alopecia caused by chemicals such as chemotherapy drugs. Drug-induced alopecia is generally thought to be temporary, but that isn’t always the case. Some cancer drugs, such as Taxotere used to treat breast, lung, prostate, stomach, and head and neck cancer, can cause permanent hair loss.

The site breaks treatment options up into three categories: Conventional, Breakthrough and Natural, taking time to explain in some detail each of the 15 methods. The Conventional methods include: Minoxidil, Finasteride and Hair Transplant. The Breakthrough methods include: Hair Cloning, Laser Therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma, RU58841 and SM04554. The Natural methods include: Mesotherapy, Natural Shampoos, Essential Oils, Natural DHT Blockers, Alkalisation, Scalp Massages, Eliminating Allergies and Microbiome Health.

The author gives an overview of a wide variety of treatment options, but there is a strong push toward the Natural options and even the claim that diet and lifestyle changes included in the Natural section are as close as you can get to a “cure” for this kind of hair loss. The author states that pattern baldness is practically non-existent in stable indigenous populations but that those people’s risk of going bald increases to the national average when living in Western countries where pattern baldness is most common such as the U.S., UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. Thus the author states that environment triggers baldness and baldness is unnatural.

“Hair loss is not natural – it is a result of an imbalance in your body. It is your body saying to you – ‘something is not right and you need to fix it.’ This is why covering up the symptom with powerful drugs like finasteride is such a bad choice. Not only are you choosing a form of chemical castration, you’re also ignoring the warning signs coming from your body. Your body is saying ‘I’m too acidic’ ‘my microbiome has been damaged’ ‘I’m allergic to gluten’….” the author writes.

In the conclusion, the author shares their own personal hair loss story and how they have not only regrown their thinning hair, but their lifestyle changes have made them healthier and more energetic. The site could be a helpful resource for those who, like the author, are suffering from hair loss and wondering what options are out there and where to begin.

Sources:
Hairloss Revolution
Righting Injustice